[whatwg] input type="url" allow URLs without http:// prefix

Geoffrey Sneddon foolistbar at googlemail.com
Sun Jul 12 02:15:50 PDT 2009

On 12 Jul 2009, at 10:46, Bruce Lawson wrote:

> The eleventy squillion WordPress sites out there that allow comments  
> ask for your web page address as well as name and email. The method  
> of entering a URL does not require the http:// prefix; just  
> beginning the URL with www is accepted.
> As it's very common for people to drop the http:// prefix on  
> advertising, business cards etc (and who amongst us reads out the  
> prefix when reading a URL on the phone?) I'd like to suggest that  
> input type="url" allows the http:// prefix to be optional on input  
> and, if ommitted, be assumed when parsing.

How do we tell apart "foo.html" (a relative URL) and "example.com" (a  
host name)?

Geoffrey Sneddon

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